Appendix: Miscellaneous 1446

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Calendar of State Papers Relating To English Affairs in the Archives of Venice, Volume 4, 1527-1533. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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Miscellaneous 1446

Lords of the Night Watch al civil Statute Book (Capitolar) p. 62. Venetian Archives. 989. English Bullies.
Taverns' auction.
Decree issued by the Lords of the night watch al civil.
As there are certain Frenchmen, Englishmen, and others, “supporters of the prostitutes” (fn. 1) of Rialto, who live three or four in one house; some of said prostitutes (mamole) in like manner, renting houses beyond Rialto, and rendering the parishes of Venice public brothels, to the very great peril of the inhabitants of those parishes; in addition to which, the said prostitutes go to dine, sup, and sleep with the aforesaid in the houses rented by them to the very great detriment of the duty on wine drawn from the wood (vini a spinâ); because said prostitutes, when eating at Rialto, can drink no other wine than such as has paid duty.
They are, therefore, forbidden to eat or drink, save in brothels, taverns, and hostels, &c, &c, under penalty of 25 livres for each man, and 25 lashes for each woman.


  • 1. In the original “Bertoni.” The document is curious, and of historical interest, as it connects itself with Sir John Hawkwood, after whose death in March 1394, the English military companies gradually declined, and we now find the disbanded soldiers engaging themselves to the “mamole” of Rialto,